Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations Low income tax credit topic at Rotarian meeting The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, June 10, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD. President David Hussey brought the meeting to order. Rotarian Damien Donahoe gave the invocation. A period of singing, announcements, and introduction of guests followed. Rotarian Barry Vickrey introduced professors Mike Myers and Randy Gingus, faculty members of The University of South Dakota School of Law, as the speakers for the day. Professor Myers teaches in the areas of health law and elder law, and Professor Gingus teaches in the areas of trusts, wills, and taxes. Their subject for the day was a new venture called the Low Income Tax Clinic. Interestingly, it is funded by a grant from the Internal Revenue Service itself. The clinic was designed to assist low-income taxpayers with problems encountered with the IRS with regard to taxes under $50,000 in a given tax year. The clinic does not help with tax preparation, but rather with disputes or controversies in a variety of areas including: earned income credit issues, deficiency notices, spouse relief or release claims, liens & levies against properties, and other problems. Beyond the grant from the IRS which helps fund the clinic, support also comes from professionals who provide hours of free legal and tax services through the clinic. The clinic does not charge fees, but the potential client must meet two main criteria. The first is that an issue must exist involving past tax years. Some examples might be that the IRS has notified the potential client that they are being audited, a refund is being held up by the IRS, or the client�??s property is having a lien placed on it for taxes owed. Criteria two is that the amount in question cannot exceed $50,000 for any tax year. There are also guidelines with regard to income based on actual dollar amount of income and family size. There are many reasons for such problems, such as, failure to file, failure to pay taxes, notices sent to taxpayers may not be understood or answered, or even computer error. One item they mentioned in particular was not taking advantage of earned income credit or child care credit. The clinic is located at the School of Law building, Room 201, on the USD campus. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school year, and summer hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 1-800-747-1895. The Web address is: www.usd.edu/law/LITC.cfm. This address is case sensitive, so be sure to capitalize the letters LITC. Eventually the clinic will also have students involved in various roles as part of their education. Professors Myers and Gingus concluded their presentation by taking questions from the audience.

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